Health care workers needed as demand grows

Health care workers needed as demand grows, The News-Review (May 15, 2016)

An aging population coupled with substantial increases in health care insurance enrollment is driving up the demand for services in many communities across Oregon, particularly in rural areas. That has health care providers steadily expanding services and working steadfast, often creatively, to ensure an adequate number of health care workers are available to deliver care.

“Health care demand has spiked in recent years,” said Chris Guastaferro, executive director of the Area Health Education Center of Southwest Oregon, a nonprofit that works to improve health in underserved or unserved communities in the region. “This influx of new patients comes at a time when there are already not enough health care providers to meet growing community needs, especially in our rural areas. (Read more…)